Florida lawmakers advance bill requiring high schools to offer Bible classes

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A bill in Florida that would require public high schools to have a Bible-teaching class has advanced through its first subcommittee.

If the bill passes the legislature, all Florida public high schools would have to offer the class as an option, not a requirement, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

{mosads}As the bill moved forward, members of the House PreK-12 Quality subcommittee expressed concerns about the controversial bill, specifically questioning whether the bill would follow its section title, “A Study objective of religion”.

“I don’t know how you can have religious neutrality if your course is focused on one holy book,” State Representative Anna Eskamani (D) said during the bill’s first hearing.

She added that she would be more inclined to support the legislation if it included scriptures and texts from other religions.

However, the bill’s sponsor and state Rep. Kim Daniels (D) said she would not relax the language of the legislation.

“It’s for Bible study,” Daniels said, according to the outlet.

She argued that the class is “simply a literacy class” meant to study the “best-selling book of all time”.

Daniels added at the time that she would update the bill and introduce it at the next committee hearing.

Earlier this year, President Trump reported a membership of states offering Bible courses.

Similar measures have been introduced in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Virginia.

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